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|Here is the Labrottie at a Glance|
|Average height||24 to 27 inches|
|Average weight||70 to 115 pounds|
|Coat type||Short to medium, smooth, soft, double|
|Shedding||Moderate – can also have seasonal shedding|
|Brushing||Every other day|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low – can suffer from separation anxiety|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to good depending on coat|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate to excellent with socialization – depends on which parent he is more like, the Lab can be great with other dogs, the Rottie not at all|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate to average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||No due to size and needs a yard|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||No – needs an experienced owner|
|Trainability||Easy to train with experienced owner|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very high – essential to measure food and give regular physical activity|
|Major Health Concerns||Heart problems, Bone cancer, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, OCD, Eye problems, Epilepsy, Myopathy,|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, Pano, Allergies, Ear infections, cold tail, acute moist dermatitis,|
|Life Span||9 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$350 to $600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $585|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$515 to $615|
Where does the Labrottie come from?
The Labrottie is different from a mutt. A mutt is a mixed dog, often some unknown that happened without any guidance. But there are also now a popular type of dog like the Labrottie called designer dogs. These are first generation dogs mixed with purpose by someone with skill and knowledge who is careful about the lines they breed. Now not all designer dogs are being bred equal. There are a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders selling puppies they have put no thought or skill into. These places do not take good care of their animals and they are in it just for profit. It is very important to do your research before you settle on where you are getting your designer dog from. There is not any information on where and why the Labrottie was bred so here is a look at the parent dogs.
The Labrador Retriever
The Lab was bred in the early 1700s to aid fishermen and then be a great family companion when they returned home together at the end of the day. He comes from Newfoundland, Canada who’s capital is St John so that is what they were first called. He was a hardworking, loyal and affectionate dog and in the early 1800s was noticed and taken back to England by visiting English sportsmen. There they were used for hunting very successfully and eventually their name was changed to Labradors. In Canada by the late 19th century these dogs had disappeared because of new tax and breeding laws. However he was popular and thriving in England.
The Labrador Retriever today is one of the most popular breeds in several countries around the world. He is also extremely smart and eager to please making him easy to train and often a top choice as a working dog in areas like search and rescue, assistance, drug detection, therapy, hunting and more. He has a sweet personality, he is friendly and outgoing and has lots of energy. He does need a lot of mental and physical stimulation.
In the South of Germany a red tiled villa’s remains were discovered during an excavation and led to a town being renamed das Rote Wil. For centuries dogs here were used to drove cattle, for protection and to pull carts of meat. When rail came the breed almost disappeared but they were saved. Over the years they have been used in police work and as a working dog. Unfortunately bad breeders jumped on that wagon and the breed got a bad reputation for temperament and health problems so demand decreased.
Thankfully today breeders are turning this around while fighting the prejudice people still have. He is calm and confident, brave but not aggressive unless he perceives a threat. He tends to be aloof with strangers, he is intelligent and he while he is trainable he can be stubborn. Females tend to be more affectionate and easier to control than males.
Keep in mind that the Lab and Rottweiler are quite different dogs so even dogs in the same litter can differ. It is a very loyal and protective dog, intelligent too and can be friendly like a Lab or more wary like a Rottie when it comes to strangers. He is very devoted to his family, very affectionate with them, warm and happy. He can become more attached to one owner but is a sweet dog with everyone else too as long as he is socialized and trained well. He can be clownish sometimes and he is really eager to please. He does not like being left alone for long and can suffer from separation anxiety. He prefers to be around people and a part of activities.
What does the Labrottie look like
This is a large to giant breed weighing 70 to 115 pounds and standing about 24 to 27 inches tall. He has a broad head, flappy ears and can look more like a Lab or be more muscular like the Rottie. His coat can be short to medium, soft or smooth and is double. Colors can be browns, cream, black, tans and a mix.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Labrottie need to be?
The Labrottie is a fairly active dog, he will need a couple of good walks a day, some time off leash on a regular basis to run free, some play time and a yard where he can play and explore. A dog park can give you room for the romping around and games and it is also a place he can socialize though he will need watching if he is not good with strange dogs, and socialization and training early on will be important. He can jump high so make sure the yard is fenced properly.
Does he train quickly?
For owners with experience he is easy to train and can learn fairly quickly. However he can be a dominant dog and you will need to make it clear you are the boss and what you say goes. Be firm and consistent, and also keep it positive. Offer him praise, encourage him, treats are effective too. This is not a dog suitable for new owners. Early socialization and training are essential to make sure you have control, that he reacts in acceptable ways to different people and different situations and that he does not become too aggressive when he is being protective.
Living with a Labrottie
How much grooming is needed?
There will be a moderate amount of grooming to do, he does shed a moderate amount and can have seasonal blow outs too. Brushing every other day with a firm bristle brush will help move his oils around his body, get rid of some loose hair and debris and keep the coat looking clean and healthy. A bath should be done just when he really needs one to avoid drying out his skin. If there is not room have a look at some of your local groomers, they often have dog bathing stations for various sizes that you can use.
If the nails are not worn down naturally he will need them clipped. This can be done at a groomers or you can get the right tool to do it yourself. Take care though a you must not cut them too low down. His teeth should be brushed two to three times a week and his ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week. Do not insert anything into the ear.
What is he like with children and other animals?
This is a dog who can be territorial so may not react well to unfamiliar pets and dogs. It is therefore essential to make sure he is socialized early on and that it is done well. When raised with them he is better with pets and he is better with children. Usually with them he is affectionate, playful and protective.
This is a great watchdog and guard dog, he is alert and will bark to alert you as well as act to defend you if it is needed. He needs to be fed 4 to 5 cups of a good quality dry dog food a day, but that must be divided into at least two meals if not three. This is because he is prone to bloat which can be triggered by eating too much too quickly. He loves his food so he does tend to want to wolf it down! His barking is occasional.
There are health issues he can inherit from his parents. These include Joint dysplasia, Pano, Allergies, Ear infections, cold tail, acute moist dermatitis, Heart problems, Bone cancer, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, OCD, Eye problems, Epilepsy and Myopathy.
Costs involved in owning a Labrottie
The Labrottie puppies are priced at around $350 to $600. Other costs will be having it chipped, neutered, examined by a vet, vaccinated, dewormed and blood tested. He will also need a crate, bowls and leash and collar. These initial costs are around $500. Yearly medical costs are going to start at between $485 to $585 and that is just for things like pet insurance, check ups, flea prevention and shots. Non-medical yearly costs are going to start at between $515 to $615 and that is for basic obedience training, toys, treats, food, license and other miscellaneous costs.
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This dog is for owners with experience who are prepared for the work being a responsible owner of a large dog can entail. You will need to be active, be experienced enough to handle training and be the pack leader and make sure he gets early socialization. With the right care this is a great dog, super loyal, steadfast, dedicated and eager to please.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Labrottie come from?
- What does the Labrottie look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Labrottie
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Labrottie
- Popular Labrador Retriever Mixes